A Reminder That We Do a Terrible Job of Managing Our Democracy

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 10:15 am

Among the numerous deficiencies our democracy has is the fact that the people who vote don’t actually represent the country as a whole. Pew Research shows just how big this divide is.

Adults who likely won’t be voting this year tend to be much younger, poorer, ethnically diverse, and more liberal than the people who likely will vote this cycle.


Turnout in Oregon Is Looking Good So Far for Marijuana Legalization

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 5:20 pm

Oregon votes entirely by mail so the election is more of a rolling process than a single event. This allows the process to be monitored to get an impression of what the final result will be.
Figures from the Oregon Secretary of State paint a picture that is mostly positive for Measure 91, the legalization ballot initiative.

Hating the Other Party Really Drives Turnout

By: Monday October 20, 2014 3:55 pm

Hate is a great motivator in American politics. The more regular voters dislike the opposing political party, the more likely they are to actually vote.

Hating the Other Party Really Drives Turnout

By: Friday October 17, 2014 2:47 pm

If we had election rules designed to encourage as high a turnout as possible through policies like automatic voter registration, making election day a holiday, or even mandatory voting; the incentive to increase animosity to drive turnout will be greatly reduced.

Democrats’ Engagement Problem

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 1:50 pm

Polling shows Democrats lead Republicans for control of Congress with registered voters but not with likely voters.

Poll Confirms Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot Can Drive Turnout

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 8:16 am

According to a new George Washington Battleground poll, 69 percent of voters said a legalization ballot initiative would make them more likely to turn out to vote. Among this group 39 percent said it would make them much more likely while 30 percent said it would make them somewhat more likely to vote.

Prop 19: State of the Race

By: Friday October 22, 2010 9:35 am

Bottom line: It’s all going to come down to turnout. Will young voters buck historic midterm trends and show up for Prop 19? As Jon Walker noted, among those who have already sent in their ballots, Prop 19 is narrowly losing. But it leads among those who plan to vote and have not done so. If there was ever a measure in need of a crack turnout operation, this is it. Unfortunately, there never really was one assembled due to lack of resources.

Polling Shows Turnout Will Be Critical to Prop 19′s Success

By: Thursday October 21, 2010 1:15 pm

The fate of Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana in California, is still very much up in the air. Depending on which most recent polls you look at, the measure is either winning by a few points or losing by a few points. Looking into the crosstabs of the polling on this proposition, it is clear that the success or failure of Prop 19 rides on the ability of its supporters to get out the vote.

Marijuana Reform Initiatives Drive Turnout – It Did in OR, It Will in CA

By: Monday October 18, 2010 2:30 pm

With Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana, on the California ballot, the big political question is: can the initiative be a driver of voter turnout ? This is not only important for the success or failure of the ballot measure, but could potentially affect both the highly contested California governor and Senate races. There is evidence from past elections that marijuana reform can be what gets voters to the polls.

NV Sen: Reid-Angle Race Remains Tight as Democrats Struggle with Projected Low Turnout

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 7:00 am

Reid could win the race if only he could somehow get the Democratic-leaning voters to turn out. That is not going to be easy. With massively high unemployment, the electorate is unhappy with the job Reid has done. There is also the problem of the large, traditionally Democratic-leaning Hispanic community being upset about Democrats’ failure to deliver on their promise to deal with immigration reform. If Reid does end up winning this race, it will probably have a fair amount to do with a very well executed GOTV operation.

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